Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Last week some of my siblings and I, along with our parents and a few of our kids went up to a relative’s berry farm and picked some fresh raspberries.  I LOVE me some fresh raspberries.  I think they have to be one of my favorite fresh fruits, or at least right up there with fresh peaches and cherries!  I used most of the raspberries we picked to make some Raspberry Jam (which I will share here soon), froze some for smoothies, and still had a few left over to sprinkle over our cereal and to throw in these yummy cookies.

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I wanted to make some raspberry scones, but at the last minute decided to make up a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies and throw in some of the fresh raspberries!  Oh…My….Goodness!  They are so good!  The chocolate and the tangy raspberries make the perfect combination of sweet and tart when combined.  I especially liked them when they were warm right out of the oven.

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I simply made a few adjustments to one of our Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes and threw in some white chocolate chips along with the raspberries.  I wanted the raspberries to remain as whole as possible instead of being smashed in the cookie, so I was very careful with the cookie dough.  I made the dough all the way up and added the raspberries at the very end.  I simply broke the dough apart and added a little at a time to a fresh bowl and then sprinkled the raspberries in the bowl in layers.  Does that make sense?

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Then when the scooped the cookie dough into balls, I scooped up some raspberries in each ball with an ice cream scoop, so that the raspberries were spread evenly to each cookie.  If you don’t have access to fresh raspberries, you could just as easily use some frozen raspberries straight from the freezer.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Cream the butter & sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix well together.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add white & semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Place cookie dough into separate bowl by breaking into pieces and scatter the raspberries in the dough so they are distributed evenly and do not get smashed up.
  7. Scoop out cookie dough with a spoon or ice cream scoop making sure to grab a couple of raspberries for each cookie.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake in a 350° oven for 12-15 minutes depending on how big you make your cookies.
  10. The cookies should be golden brown on the edges and white an fluffy in the centers.
  11. Cool on a baking rack.
  12. Makes about 48 cookies depending on the size.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2014/07/chocolate-raspberry-cookies.html

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These Chocolate Raspberry cookies are a fun and unique twist to the regular chocolate chip cookie!  They will be gobbled up quickly though so be sure and pull some aside for yourself before your family and friends eat them all!

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These would be fun to serve to your girlfriends at a Bridal or wedding shower…or serve at your book club meeting!

What are some of your favorite fresh fruits?

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Father’s Day Gift –He’s One Smart Cookie

I have another really simple Father’s Day Gift idea to share with you today!  I love anything that you can personalize.  I feel like it makes a gift a little more EXTRA special.  Like you added some simple details to make it unique and personal.

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I simply took some Glassine Bags and printed this simple image on them individually.  I picked up the bags from a local shop that sells these amazing cookies and they sold me a few bags for .25 cents.

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To print onto the bags, simply tape your Glassine Bags onto a piece of computer paper.  I have a free printable that you can print.  This shows you where to tape your bag so that you can center it and see where the image will print.  Place your bag where you want the picture to be.  I printed some right in the middle and then some a bit lower so I could fold down the top and add a little Father’s Day Tie.  For best results you will want to use a laser printer.

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I also have printables customized for the older Father’s and Father figures in our lives…such as Grandpa and Papa!  Need a blank one?  I have provided a blank one as well so that you can give these to a teacher, a friend, a neighbor…really any one who needs a little surprise pick me up gift!

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If you would like to download the Father’s Day printables, click on the link below:

{Father’s Day Printables}

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You could also surprise you kids with one of these on their last day of school to celebrate!  I usually try to welcome the kids home on that last day with some warm cookies and milk and am thinking it would be fun to slip the cookies in these baggies for each of them.  And, speaking of the last day of school…we are down to the final days here and we couldn’t be more excited!!

What about you? Are you almost finished with school at your house?

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Monster Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a Monster Cookie?  I am not sure why they are called Monster Cookies other than the fact that these things are LOADED with goodness.  I thought it would be fun to share our little Halloween twist on our Monster Cookie Recipe

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 This would be a fun door bell ditching gift for you neighbors sometime around Halloween.  Simply whip up your favorite batch of Monster Cookies and package them in this labeled jar, which is simply a cleaned out pickle jar.

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Make sure you really clean it out as you don’t want the cookies to have a pickle after taste! Then slap on one of these Monster Cookie Labels that I made from one of Love Manor’s amazing Halloween Labels.  Some of you may remember a couple of years ago when I used some of these same labels on this Halloween Apothecary.

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Monster Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup room temperature Butter
1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
1/8 cup (or 2 Tablespoons) Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tsp Baking Soda
4 ½ cups Oatmeal (Quick or Old Fashioned) (I usually put my Quick Oats in the blender to chop them up into a fine powder)

Optional Add-Ins:

Wilton Candy Eyeballs

Chocolate Chips (or other flavored chips)

M&M’s

Nuts

Raisins

Craisins

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Directions:

  1. In mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars until blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  2. Add Peanut Butter and baking Soda and mix together.
  3. Slowly add oatmeal. Blend in as much as you can with mixer and fold in the rest by hand along with your choice of Add-ins.
  4. Drop onto greased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven until light brown.

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Want to download a copy of the label I modified for the Monster Cookies?  Click on the image below or the link:

Monster Cookie Labels

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Looking for some more fun Halloween ideas including recipes, crafts and free printables? Check out our past ideas here:
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